Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
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Tuscan Retreat: MariellaI finished ripping that sweater apart last night and this morning during the F1 race. Now I have 4 big balls of yarn (front, back, an arm and the neck) plus one slightly looser skein from the first arm that I’m going to wash first. Les keeps talking about how he wishes he had a cat so the cat could play with my yarn. Sure, they’re cute when they play with yarn, but oh my! That would be a horrible disaster.

(Then again, we never chopped the fingers off my cat so I don’t know what it’s like to see a declawed cat playing with yarn. Is it cuter? Does the yarn stay intact?)

I have decided to knit Mariella from Rowan’s Tuscan Retreat with the yarn. The colour’s pretty similar, and it and “Holiday” (the wholly too-expensive Rowan yarn they recommend) have a similar consistency and shine. (Side note: I’m really excited about this new Marie Wallin character who’s designing for them. I don’t like glimmery yarns, but her Persephone is also quite classy.)
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Mystery Recycled Yarn

Friday, April 21st, 2006
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Mystery Recycled Yarn

Exam procrastination time!

I just ripped this from the arm of the first sweater I bought. It was $4. The sweater, not just the arm.

This is my first try at yarn recycling, so there were a few mistakes with this skein. Still, most of it’s usable and the rest of the sweater will turn out better.

Coming Soon: Burn Testing

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

I bought two sweaters yesterday for the purposes of tearing them apart and reknitting them into something fabulous. The first was a 100% cotton sweater, but the second (based on the highly-washed tag) was 7*% c****, 2*% **********. It’s machine-washable, but that’s all I know about the fiber content. I’ve decided to do a burn test to figure out what it’s made of, but I have no idea how. I can’t really find anything simple on the internet, especially not for fiber combinations, which leads me to two conclusions:

  1. I’ll have to ask around and do lots of research / experimentation myself, and
  2. The internet needs a tutorial, and it’s up to me to make one.

I’ve got three exams to study for in the next 6 days, but immediately afterwards you can expect a little bit of both.

Girlie Post

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
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I dyed my hair yesterday! For once, it’s pretty close to the actual colour of my hair (dirty blonde, the most banal of hair colours) with a medium brown. I believe the name is Mocha Orgasm or something. I’m not going to take a picture now because I’m too lazy to change out of my pyjamas, but maybe soon.

I also bought a fancy coat and red shoes! I love red shoes. Also, I got a haircut. No wonder I’m behind on exam studying. I’ve gotten through two of 6 chapters in my Perception textbook, which is right on target, but I’m behind with Brain & Behaviour. Hopefully I’ll catch up by the end of the night, if I don’t spend too much time this afternoon at Value Village buying sweaters which I will harvest for beautiful yarn and maybe making this or this or this or this or maybe the ever-popular Ingeborg.

Lastly, here’s a cute story by a blogger who labels her blog as being about both knitting and brain theory, but I haven’t seen much brain theory. Sigh. Aw.